Smooth and soulful, songwriter Michael Neill has a knack for writing catchy, melodic tunes that also contain a fair amount of substance. As you can hear on his self-titled full length cd (produced by the incomparable Steve Sherman), Neill has a way of drawing you in with slick melodies and keeping you glued to your music player with lyrics that resound truth.
One of my favourites from his album is the lead-off track, “Heaven Comes To Me”, which is a simple and beautiful yet not syrupy love song. A philosophical ditty, “Time Passes”, is also a standout.
Tonight Neill is in the spotlight as the Mon. 9:30 open stage at Dora Keogh (141 Danforth Ave. a little east of Broadview) resumes —hopefully without any more last-minute interruptions for a while. With it having been cancelled three of the previous four weeks, no doubt the regulars who normally flock to the event hosted by Julian Taylor will be hot to trot back onto its cozy stage tonight. 17